Emotional intelligence and education: A critical review

Neil Humphrey, Andrew Curran, Elisabeth Morris, Peter Farrell, Kevin Woods

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In recent years there has been an increased interest in the role of emotional intelligence in both the academic success of students and their emotional adjustment in school. However, promotion of emotional intelligence in schools has proven a controversial pursuit, challenging as it does traditional "rationalist" views of education. Furthermore, research findings in this area have been inconsistent at best. In this article we discuss the following key questions relating to this important debate. What do we mean by emotional "intelligence"? What impact would improved emotional intelligence have on learners' emotional health and well-being, academic achievement, and other adaptive outcomes? Can emotional intelligence be taught? It is felt that these are the key issues for consideration in developing policy, practice, and further research in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-254
Number of pages19
JournalEducational Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007


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